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Chelsea have fined Kepa Arrizabalaga after he refused to be subbed in the Carabao Cup final

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Chelsea have fined Kepa Arrizabalaga one week’s wages after he refused to be subbed off in the Carabao Cup final.

The goalkeeper has been disciplined after he defied Maurizio Sarri’s orders to come off in extra-time of Chelsea’s eventual defeat to Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The club have taken the decision to fine Kepa - he earns around £190,000-per-week - and donate it to the Chelsea Foundation.

Both player and manager have released follow-up statements, which appeared on the same page of the club's website, as the Blues look to move on from the incident.

Kepa said: “I was very happy to play in my first cup final for Chelsea yesterday and very proud of the team performance.

“I have thought a lot more about yesterday’s events. Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection, I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation.

“I wanted to take the time today to apologise fully and in person to the coach, to Willy, my teammates and to the club.

'I will learn from this episode'

“I have done this and now I want to offer the same apology to the fans. I will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate.”

Sarri said he believes the matter is closed after speaking to his No. 1 about the incident.

“Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation,” the Italian said.

“There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted.

Chelsea v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final

“He has apologised to me, his teammates and the club.

“It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me this matter is now closed.

“The team performance as a whole was extremely positive and it is a shame to see how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what was a very competitive cup final.

“Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.”

It’s clear that Chelsea want the matter put to bed as soon as possible.

Kepa is expected to start in goal when Tottenham Hotspur visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga
Maurizio Sarri
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